GOLF: Oban’s Robert MacIntyre hails Team Europe’s ‘incredible’ Ryder Cup victory 

  • Robert MacIntyre says that the final day of the Ryder Cup was ‘nerve-wracking’
  • MacIntyre declared that winning the Ryder Cup with Europe is ‘unforgettable’

Oban’s Robert MacIntyre admitted that the conclusion to the Ryder Cup was ‘nerve-wracking’ but insisted that he always believed that Europe would succeed.

Europe needed four points from the 12 singles matches on Sunday in order to confirm their success.

Tommy Fleetwood secured the winning point in Rome as he overcame Rickie Fowler.

The cheers from Glencruiten Golf Club, where Robert MacIntyre’s father is part of the management team, echoed down from the hills and along the seafront to welcome the victory.

Afterwards, MacIntyre revealed that he has learned a lot from being part of the team and described winning the Ryder Cup as an unforgettable experience.

Robert MacIntyre stated that he always had faith that Europe would win the Ryder Cup

Robert MacIntyre stated that he always had faith that Europe would win the Ryder Cup

MacIntyre says that he learned a lot from being part of an incredible team at the Ryder Cup.

‘It’s incredible. This is a completely different team from a few years ago. The top guys are absolutely solid and stalwarts on the PGA Tour.

‘For me being in that team with these guys, I have learned so much. I am never going to forget this for rest of my life.’

Meanwhile, BBC Scotland reported that Bob MacIntyre said helping Europe lift the Ryder Cup is “everything” after his singles win contributed to a thrilling victory over the United States in Rome.

With Europe needing four points from Sunday’s 12 matches to triumph, Tommy Fleetwood won the 11th game to pass the 14½ points required.

Moments later, rookie MacIntyre beat US Open champion Wyndham Clark 2&1 as Europe concluded a 16½-11½ victory.

“I knew the buzz was going to be incredible,” he Bob told BBC Scotland.

“It’s everything,” he added.”It means everything to my family and friends as well. There was a big crowd from home that came over and I’m just glad we could get it done.”

The 27-year-old from Oban has secured three professional wins on his journey into the world’s top 50 but has endured a patchy season.

However, he was unbeaten over the week, winning two and halving one of the three matches in which he played.

“It was nervy,” MacIntyre said. “I was doing well early and made a little mistake coming in there. I just hung in and accepted what was going to be was going to be and I managed to nick a few coming in.

“I’m a realist, I don’t know if it’s going to be my first and last [Ryder Cup] or if it’s going to be my first of many. I just take every day as it comes and we’ll work hard and hopefully get back here.”

And, asked about the expected party in his home town of Oban, MacIntyre replied: “I’ll be there tomorrow night…”

Viktor Hovland managed to overcome Collin Morikawa, while Rory McIlroy managed to get the better of Sam Burns.  Prior to that Jon Rahm had managed to claim a tie against Scottie Scheffler.

With celebrations already taking place, MacIntyre was able to keep his cool and beat Wyndham Clark.

Meanwhile, Shane Lowry tied against Jordan Spieth. There was no end of “hugging, kissing, yupping and hollering” at Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome when Tommy Fleetwood sealed the point that won Europe the Ryder Cup.

“It was,” one spectator concluded, “a crazy weekend”, one that included that Saturday night car park incident involving Rory McIlroy and caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay which was “like something you’d see outside a chipper after the pubs close”.

Robert MacIntyre and partner Shannon Hartley at a reception in Rome.

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